Given the breadth of the Law School’s entrepreneurship initiatives, covering subject matters pertinent to small, medium and large businesses, high growth potential technology ventures, real estate development entrepreneurship, social enterprises, and entrepreneurship in the practice of law, many members of the faculty are be involved in teaching entrepreneurship in individually taught or team-taught courses. The following is a list of just those faculty members who have express, regular emphasis on entrepreneurship:
Professor Tony Luppino teaches or co-teaches business, entrepreneurship, and tax courses, including several interdisciplinary entrepreneurship courses relating to for-profit, social and civic entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial practice of law. He also serves as the Law School’s Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and a Senior Fellow with UMKC’s cross-campus Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. In 2017, he was named the inaugural recipient of the University of Missouri System Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award.
Prof. Luppino’s scholarship and conference presentations focus primarily on legal and policy issues significantly affecting entrepreneurs, and on entrepreneurship education. He was the principal organizer of the Law & Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and has served for several years as lead editor of the Entrepreneurship Law (EshipLaw) website (http://www.EshipLaw.org) powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. As outgrowths of his work in urban innovation and civic entrepreneurship through the interdisciplinary Law, Technology & Public Policy course, he has become one of UMKC’s principal contacts with the MetroLab Network, and a founder and leader of the Legal Technology Laboratory (see http://www.thelegaltechlab.com).
Before joining the faculty on a full-time basis in 2001, Prof. Luppino practiced law with firms in Boston and in the Kansas City region. His practice included a wide variety of business, tax planning, and transactional work, involving multiple disciplines within the law. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1979. In 1982, he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he served as an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. While in private practice in Boston early in his practice career, he earned his LL.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University, and in 1986 was articles editor of the Boston University Journal of Tax Law.
Danielle Merrick has been the associate staff director of the Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic since 2004. Professor Merrick earned her bachelor of social welfare from the University of Kansas and her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from UMKC.
Previously, she was employed with American Century Investments in the Tax Department and worked on individual and corporate tax forms. She was also involved with the launching of the state of Kansas’ 529 plan.
Brandon Weiss is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His research engages intersections between housing, economic mobility, and government intervention, with a particular focus on federal subsidized housing policy. He teaches Property, courses related to housing and community development law, and an interdisciplinary projects-based entrepreneurial urban development course. Weiss currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. His recent article, “Residual Value Capture in Subsidized Housing,” appeared in the Harvard Law and Policy Review (2016).
Weiss joined the UMKC faculty from UCLA School of Law, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor, Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law & Policy Fellow, Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow, and an affiliated faculty member at the Ziman Center for Real Estate. Prior to academia, Weiss practiced law in Los Angeles as a Skadden Fellow at Public Counsel Law Center, working on the preservation of subsidized housing, and in transactional practice focused on the development and financing of affordable housing.
Weiss graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. Concurrently, he earned an M.P.P. at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on urban policy and housing finance. Weiss received his B.S. in Symbolic Systems (Cognitive Science) from Stanford University.
Chris Hoyt teaches courses in the areas of federal taxation, business organizations, retirement plans and tax-exempt organizations. Previously, he was with the law firm of Spencer, Fane, Britt and Browne in Kansas City, Mo. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University and dual law and accounting degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
He is currently the chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Lifetime and Testamentary Charitable Gift Planning (Section of Probate and Trust) and serves on the editorial board of Trusts and Estates magazine. He is a frequent speaker at legal and educational programs and has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, MONEY Magazine and The Washington Post.
Adjunct Prof. Philip Krause teaches Advising Life Sciences and Technology Entrepreneurs and is a coach of the Law School Intellectual Property Meet competition team. He has been affiliated with prominent Kansas City-based law firms for most of his career, but Philip is an entrepreneur in his own right and currently has his own private law practice seeking to transform how lawyers interact with entrepreneurial clients and deliver the distinctive range of legal services they require through innovative service delivery models. His broad-based experience encompasses the entire life cycle of high-growth ventures, including structuring and organizing the enterprise, establishing relationships with key constituencies, acquiring, protecting and licensing intellectual property assets, securing capital resources through financing transactions, and realizing wealth through exit transactions. As a transactional lawyer, Philip has handled a full range of complex business transactions. Philip’s publications include the Missouri Bar and lectures for the Kansas City Entrepreneurs Club. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in English and business administration from William Jewell College, and J.D. from Vanderbilt University.